As expansive as it is diverse, Australia’s West Coast and Pilbara region is undeniably one of the country’s most extraordinary wilderness destinations.
From Karijini National Park and the Coral Coast, to the historic townships of Port Hedland, Newman and Karratha, a 4WD journey between Broome and Perth reveals a land of remarkable contrasts.
Occupying a staggering 500,000 square kilometres of Western Australia, the Pilbara encompasses many spectacular landscapes and rock formations that are up to two billion years old. Remote communities founded on open ore mining offer an insight into the way of life experienced by those living in Outback Australia. Port Hedland and Australia’s hottest town, Marble Bar, overflow with stories of explorers and pioneers. And in Newman, the largest single-pit open-cut iron ore mine on earth awaits.
Inland, the iconic red landscapes of the Pilbara meet unlikely oases. At Karijini and Millstream-Chichester National Park, wide-open plains conceal emerald gorges, cascading falls and crystalline rock pools. World Heritage-listed Karijini also protects more than 800 varieties of flora, as well as rock-wallabies, echidnas and the rare Western Pebble-Mound mouse.
On the Coral Coast, the incredible seascapes of Ningaloo Reef, another World Heritage site, is simply unmissable. See ancient coral gardens, sea turtles and dugongs as you snorkel just offshore. Or swim with whale sharks to experience the majesty of the world’s largest fish, as they cruise past unperturbed by your presence.